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The 2000 Japanese Grand Prix, formally the XXVI Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix (XXVI フジテレビ日本グランプリ in Japanese) was the sixteenth and penultimate round of the 2000 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Suzuka Circuit in Mie Prefecture, Japan, on the 8 October 2000.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher defeat arch-rival Mika Häkkinen in a duel for victory, a win that would also earn Schumacher his third World Championship crown.[1]

Qualifying had seen the two title protagonists joust for pole position, with Schumacher ultimately emerging ahead by just 0.009s.[1] A four tenth gap then followed before their respective teammates David Coulthard and Rubens Barrichello appeared on the second row, while the two Williams-BMWs shared the third row.[1]

The start saw Häkkinen, who had to finish ahead of Schumacher to keep his title hopes alive, make a strong start, sweeping across the nose of Schumacher to claim the lead.[1] Schumacher was hence forced to settle for second, while Ralf Schumacher charged past teammate Jenson Button and Barrichello to claim fourth behind Coulthard.[1]

Unsurprisingly Häkkinen and Michael Schumacher would be the class of the field during the early stages, sprinting away from Coulthard and co. as they set about deciding the World Championship.[1] Indeed, Häkkinen was particularly impressive in the opening stages, dancing his McLaren-Mercedes around Suzuka in his bid to try and escape from Schumacher as well.[1]

By lap twenty both Häkkinen and Schumacher, split by three seconds, had enough time in hand to pit and rejoin ahead of Ralf Schumacher in fourth, with the younger Schumacher coming in himself at that point.[1] Häkkinen duly stayed out until lap 22, handing the lead to the elder Schumacher, before the #3 Ferrari peeled off to hand the lead to Coulthard.[1]

Coulthard's stop a lap later restored Häkkinen to the lead ahead of Schumacher, while the Scot himself returned to a lonely third.[1] It was at this point, however, that the race began to move to Schumacher's favour, with the German ace slowly creeping onto the back of Häkkinen.[1]

Indeed, when Schumacher too a glancing blow from Ricardo Zonta without sustaining damage there was a certain air of inevitability that it was now his race to lose.[1] Häkkinen would, however continue to lead through to his second stop, coming in on lap 37 to rejoin ahead of Coulthard in second.[1]

With Häkkinen out of the way Schumacher made his bid for victory, upping his pace with a string of quick laps.[1] Ultimately Schumacher's two lap burst in clear air proved decisive, with the German ace emerging from the pits four seconds clear of Häkkinen with thirteen laps to go.[1]

Häkkinen threw everything he had at Schumacher in the closing stages, but ultimately ran out of time to catch his rival.[1] Schumacher hence flashed across the line to claim victory and the World Championship with a race to spare, while Häkkinen had to console himself with second ahead of Coulthard.[1]

Schumacher became the first driver to win the Championship for Ferrari since Jody Scheckter in 1979, ending a 21 year barren run for the Scuderia.[1] Häkkinen, meanwhile, would officially be declared as runner-up for the campaign, although the Constructors Championship would have to be settled at the finale in Malaysia.[1]

BackgroundEdit

A seventh victory of the campaign for Michael Schumacher lifted him back to the top of the Championship, leaving the US with 88 points to his name. Furthermore, with Mika Häkkinen failing to score, the German ace would head to Japan with an eight point lead, meaning he could win the title with a race to spare. Indeed, Häkkinen would have to win the race just to keep himself in the hunt if Schumacher scored, while Schumacher would win the Championship if he finished ahead of the Finn and in the points.

In the Constructors Championship, meanwhile, Ferrari had retaken the lead with two rounds to go, leaving Indianapolis with 143 points. That meant that the Scuderia held a ten point advantage over McLaren-Mercedes, and would therefore win the title at the penultimate round if they outscored the Anglo-German squad by six points in Japan. In contrast, McLaren would likely have to win in Japan to keep their hopes alive, with a double non-finish for the Scuderia likely required for them to challenge in Malaysia.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2000 Japanese Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/15 Mercedes FO110J 3.0 V10 B
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/15 Mercedes FO110J 3.0 V10 B
3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F399 Ferrari 049 3.0 V10 B
4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F399 Ferrari 049 3.0 V10 B
5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Benson & Hedges Jordan Jordan EJ10B Mugen-Honda MF-301HE 3.0 V10 B
6 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Benson & Hedges Jordan Jordan EJ10B Mugen-Honda MF-301HE 3.0 V10 B
7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar Racing Jaguar R1 Ford Cosworth CR-2 3.0 V10 B
8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Jaguar Racing Jaguar R1 Ford Cosworth CR-2 3.0 V10 B
9 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom BMW Williams F1 Team Williams FW22 BMW E41 3.0 V10 B
10 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BMW Williams F1 Team Williams FW22 BMW E41 3.0 V10 B
11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Mild Seven Benetton Playlife Benetton B200 Playlife FB02 3.0 V10 B
12 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Mild Seven Benetton Playlife Benetton B200 Playlife FB02 3.0 V10 B
14 France Jean Alesi France Gauloises Prost Peugeot Prost AP03 Peugeot A20 3.0 V10 B
15 Germany Nick Heidfeld France Gauloises Prost Peugeot Prost AP03 Peugeot A20 3.0 V10 B
16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C19 Petronas SPE-04A 3.0 V10 B
17 Finland Mika Salo Switzerland Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C19 Petronas SPE-04A 3.0 V10 B
18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows F1 Team Arrows A21 Supertec FB02 3.0 V10 B
19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows F1 Team Arrows A21 Supertec FB02 3.0 V10 B
20 Spain Marc Gené Italy Telefonica Minardi Fondmetal Minardi M02 Fondmetal RV10 3.0 V10 B
21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Italy Telefonica Minardi Fondmetal Minardi M02 Fondmetal RV10 3.0 V10 B
22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Lucky Strike Reynard BAR Honda BAR 002 Honda RA000E 3.0 V10 B
23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom Lucky Strike Reynard BAR Honda BAR 002 Honda RA000E 3.0 V10 B
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2000 Japanese Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:35.825 220.309 km/h
2 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:35.834 +0.009s 220.281 km/h
3 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.236 +0.411s 219.361 km/h
4 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:36.330 +0.505s 219.147 km/h
5 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:36.628 +0.803s 218.471 km/h
6 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:36.788 +0.963s 218.110 km/h
7 7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:36.899 +1.074s 217.860 km/h
8 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:37.243 +1.418s 217.089 km/h
9 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:37.267 +1.442s 217.036 km/h
10 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:37.329 +1.504s 216.897 km/h
11 12 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:37.348 +1.523s 216.855 km/h
12 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:37.479 +1.654s 216.564 km/h
13 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 1:37.652 +1.827s 216.180 km/h
14 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 1:37.674 +1.849s 216.131 km/h
15 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:37.679 +1.854s 216.120 km/h
16 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld France Prost-Peugeot 1:38.141 +2.316s 215.103 km/h
17 14 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Peugeot 1:38.209 +2.384s 214.954 km/h
18 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:38.269 +2.444s 214.823 km/h
19 17 Finland Mika Salo Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:38.490 +2.665s 214.341 km/h
20 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:38.576 +2.751s 214.154 km/h
21 20 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 1:39.972 +4.147s 211.163 km/h
22 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 1:40.462 +4.637s 210.133 km/h
107% Time: 1:42.533[3]
Source:[4][3]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car to set their best time in that session.
  • Bold indicates a driver's best/qualifying time.

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Michael Schumacher 2
______________ Mika Häkkinen
Row 2 3 ______________
David Coulthard 4
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 3 5 ______________
Jenson Button 6
______________ Ralf Schumacher
Row 4 7 ______________
Eddie Irvine 8
______________ Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Row 5 9 ______________
Jacques Villeneuve 10
______________ Johnny Herbert
Row 6 11 ______________
Alexander Wurz 12
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella
Row 7 13 ______________
Pedro de la Rosa 14
______________ Jos Verstappen
Row 8 15 ______________
Jarno Trulli 16
______________ Nick Heidfeld
Row 9 17 ______________
Jean Alesi 18
______________ Ricardo Zonta
Row 10 19 ______________
Mika Salo 20
______________ Pedro Diniz
Row 11 21 ______________
Marc Gené 22
______________ Gastón Mazzacane

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 2000 Japanese Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 53 1:29:53.435 1 10
2 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 +1.837s 2 6
3 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 +1:09.914 3 4
4 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 53 +1:19.191 4 3
5 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Williams-BMW 53 +1:25.694 5 2
6 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 52 +1 Lap 9 1
7 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 10
8 7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 7
9 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Honda 52 +1 Lap 18
10 17 Finland Mika Salo Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 52 +1 Lap 19
11 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 52 +1 Lap 20
12 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 52 +1 Lap 13
13 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 52 +1 Lap 15
14 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 52 +1 Lap 12
15 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 51 +2 Laps 22
Ret 20 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 46 Engine 21
Ret 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 41 Spin 6
Ret 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld France Prost-Peugeot 41 Suspension 16
Ret 12 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 37 Spin 11
Ret 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 29 Hydraulics 8
Ret 14 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Peugeot 19 Engine 17
Ret 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 9 Electrical 14
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory in Japan left Michael Schumacher with an unassailable lead in the Championship ahead of the season finale, holding 98 points after the sixteenth race of the season. Mika Häkkinen, meanwhile, left Suzuka twelve off his arch-rival, meaning he had to settle for second. The fight for third behind them was also effectively over, with David Coulthard nine ahead of Rubens Barrichello in the battle of the "number twos".

In the Constructors Championship the title fight would continue on to the finale, although Ferrari were the overwhelming favourites. Indeed, the Scuderia would arrive in Malaysia with a thirteen point advantage over McLaren-Mercedes, meaning they only had to score three points to claim the crown. Conversely, the Anglo-German squad would have to claim a double-podium just to level with their Italian rivals, with a one-two the only feasible result.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 98
2 Finland Mika Häkkinen 86
3 United Kingdom David Coulthard 67
4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 58
5 Germany Ralf Schumacher 24
6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 18
7 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 15
8 United Kingdom Jenson Button 12 ▲1
9 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 11 ▼1
10 Italy Jarno Trulli 6
11 Finland Mika Salo 6
12 Netherlands Jos Verstappen 5
13 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 3
14 Brazil Ricardo Zonta 3 ▲1
15 Austria Alexander Wurz 2
16 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 2
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 156
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 143
3 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 36
4 Italy Benetton-Playlife 20
5 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 18 ▲1
6 Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 17 ▼1
7 United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 7
8 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 6
9 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 3

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 'Japan 2000: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2000/japon/engages.aspx, (Accessed 05/09/2019)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'Japan 2000: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2000/japon/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 05/09/2019)
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V T E Japan Japanese Grand Prix
Circuits Fuji (1976–1977, 2007–2008), Suzuka (1987–2006, 2009–present)
SuzukaCircuit2005
Races 197619771978–1986 • 19871988198919901991199219931994 • 1995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
See also Pacific Grand Prix
V T E 2000 Formula One Season
Teams McLaren • Ferrari • Jordan • Jaguar • Williams • Benetton • Prost • Sauber • Arrows • Minardi • BAR
Engines BMW • Cosworth • Ferrari • Fondmetal • Honda • Mercedes • Mugen-Honda • Petronas • Peugeot • Playlife • Supertec
Drivers Häkkinen • 2 Coulthard • 3 M. Schumacher • 4 Barrichello • 5 Frentzen • 6 Trulli • 7 Irvine • 7 Burti • 8 Herbert • 9 R. Schumacher • 10 Button • 11 Fisichella • 12 Wurz • 14 Alesi • 15 Heidfeld • 16 Diniz • 17 Salo • 18 De la Rosa • 19 Verstappen • 20 Gené • 21 Mazzacane • 22 Villeneuve • 23 Zonta
Other Drivers Badoer • Montoya • Panis • Webber
Cars Ferrari F1-2000 • McLaren MP4-15 • Williams FW22 • Benetton B200 • BAR 002 • Jordan EJ10 • Arrows A21 • Sauber C19 • Jaguar R1 • Minardi M02 • Prost AP03
Tyres Bridgestone
Races Australia • Brazil • San Marino • Britain • Spain • Europe • Monaco • Canada • France • Austria • Germany • Hungary • Belgium • Italy • United States • Japan • Malaysia
See also 1999 Formula One Season • 2001 Formula One Season • Category
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